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Community Development
Promoting Future Growth
The primary responsibility of the Community Development Department is to oversee the orderly development of land within the Village of Vernon Hills in order to protect and promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents. Our goal is to maintain a community that is well planned and well constructed to promote future growth for generations to come.

Department Responsibilities
The Community Development Department encompasses the building division, which is responsible for oversight of building construction and the use of land and structures. The department is responsible for:
  • Issuing building permits
  • Performing inspections
  • Reviewing plans

The department also overseas projects varying from large industrial and commercial buildings, to residential decks and fences. The department enforces the building code, zoning ordinance, and sign ordinance.

Licensing, Permits, & Records
Licensing, Permits, and Records (LP&R) offers a wide-range of services including:
  • Free notary services
  • Receipting of parking tickets
  • Scheduling of inspections
  • The processing of building, business,
    garage sales, and raffle permits
  • Voter registration

GIS Division

The GIS Division produces the Village’s maps. Maps include:

The department works side by side with the Village Board, developers, and other agencies to monitor all aspects of development within the Village.

Division Staff

The staff is responsible for:
  • Census information
  • Comprehensive planning
  • Developmental review
  • Economic development
  • Ordinance interpretation
  • Planning research

The department provides staff assistance to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals in carrying out their responsibilities. Both boards are appointed by the Village Board and make recommendations to long-term land use, development, special uses, zoning interpretation, and zoning of property.

Joe Carey

Assistant Village Manager / Director of Community Development

Ph: 847-918-3540
Fx: 847-367-0880

Lisa Fischbach
Administrative Assistant

Ph: 847-918-3562
Fx: 847-367-0880

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